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Comment Republicans really want to cut spending? (Score 1) 760

What the hell is wrong with them? They vote to lose $700 billion in government funding by keeping the tax cuts and sustain two wars, but go after chump change science programs? It's clear that either the Republicans don't know money management, or are just anti-science. It's most likely the latter. I am always baffled at how hard the Republicans work to make America a bad country. They claim "reduction of government spending" yet invariably call for the cutting of budgetary drop in the bucket programs of infrastructure improvements, welfare, medical care, science, and anything remotely beneficial to America. Yet they let wars rage on for years and always find ways to cut more taxes on the rich. And yet they took the House and almost the Senate. What the hell, voters, what the hell?

Comment Re:Which developing world? (Score 1) 146

I'm not sure about the durability, but from the website:

The current cost for a single pair of adjustable glasses is approximately $19. With increased mass production and emerging technology enabling delivery by anyone with minimal training, the cost per unit will significantly decrease.

So premade glasses and the smartphone app would be cheaper currently, but if the technology becomes popular, this may be cheaper.


Boxee Launches New API 69

A recent post on the boxee blog announces the release of a new, fully documented API that will allow developers to create and share new apps and plugins. "The new boxee API enables developers to build sophisticated applications (such as the Pandora and RadioTime apps) using a set of API calls in Python and writing the GUI using XML. ... Users can install new applications via the boxee App Box, the beginnings of our app store. Unlike other app stores, boxee does not want to be a gate keeper (or bottleneck) in deciding which applications are published so anyone can become a publisher." A complete description is available at their developers page. I'm sure this will help in their ongoing battle with Hulu.

Looking For Earth-Like Exoplanets 73

Discover Magazine is running a story detailing the search for planets like Earth orbiting other stars. While we've been able to locate a few "super earths" so far, none of them really compare in size or the potential for habitability with our own world. Fortunately, advances in data analysis and new space-based telescopes — such as Kepler, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the already-launched CoRoT (PDF) — have some astronomers predicting we'll find such an exoplanet by 2010, and a habitable one by 2012. Earth-based telescopes are also in the hunt, though the article notes, "even if a habitable Earth-like world is found first from the ground, it will most likely take a space observatory to search for the chemical signals that tell us what we really want to know: Is anything living out there? If the planet is one that can be observed transiting, it just might be possible to provide a hint of an answer in the next few years."

Comment Re:Interersing trend... (Score 1) 777

I do realize that alternate fuels at this point are not viable for widespread use, but that's why we need to do more research on alt. fuel! If solar or nuclear kicks of really well and becomes super cheap and efficient, then that would be a great thing. We could use cheap, virtually unlimited (for solar, anyway) energy for so much more things and build a better future!

Maybe I'm too optimistic, or just plain delusional, but alternate energy (esp. solar) could be a really great thing given enough research.
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Submission + - Copyright Lobbies threaten Federal College Funding (

plasmacutter writes: The EFF is raising the alarm regarding provisions injected into a bill to renew federal funding for universities calling for them to filter their internet connections and twist student's arms hawking services such as itunes music store.
Under said provision:

Each eligible institution participating in any program under this title shall to the extent practicable —

(2) develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity.

Similar provisions in last year's bill did not survive committee, it appears however that this bill is headed toward the full house for vote.

Responding to recriminations over this threat to university funding, an MPAA representative claims federal funds should be at risk when copyright infringement happens on campus networks.


Submission + - One of World's Top Ten Spammers Arrested (

Tyler writes: "From MSNBC

"A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail. Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails. "He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world," said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company's Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. "He's a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.""

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.